Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
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We adore thee O Christ, and we bless you.
Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
He had no form or comeliness, that we should look at him, and no beauty to attract us. He was despised and rejected by men as one from whom men hide their faces (Is 53:2-3)
Veronica is not mentioned in the Bible, but several women were present along the way to Calvary: women who wished by their presence, not only to profess their faith in the Lord but also to help him unreservedly.
Women in the Gospel are marked by Christ's preferential love of which John, the beloved disciple, was privileged. The Church, the bride of Christ, is therefore graced by the presence of women. In so far as the Church professes her faith and fidelity in loving humility to the Lord, as Veronica did in a gesture of love, Jesus leaves the imprint of his features on all those who call upon him.
Lord God, imprint in my spirit the sufferings of your Son Jesus.
Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain
In that Mother’s pain untold?